Headquarters Staff

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Donna Anderson
Administrative Assistant
Email
847-236-9948

  • Family Follow-up Survey Program
  • Management Comparative Program
  • Selected Resources Program
  • Annual Report
  • Preferred Partner Program Support
  • Headquarters Office General Support

Donna is a long-time member of the Selected and NSM staff. She works to provide assistance and support for Selected’s member programs. Donna also utilizes her top-notch administrative skills by providing general office, vendor and leadership support.

Dan Beavers

Dan Beavers
Partners and Programs Manager
Email
847-236-9470

  • Preferred Partner Program
  • Selected Study Groups Program
  • Selected Transfer Services Program
  • Selected Resources Program
  • Family Follow-Up Survey Program
  • Management Comparative Program

Dan brings more than twelve years of customer service and member support experience to Selected. He helps educate members about Selected’s programs and responds to member inquires, tackles questions and handles requests for member assistance. Dan also assists with ongoing program administration, evaluation and research efforts.

Pam Butenshen

Pam Butenshen
Membership Assistant & Data Analyst
Email
224-619-3618

  • Member Recommendations
  • New Member Balloting
  • Member Data
  • Membership Updates

Pam brings more than 20 years of association membership experience to Selected. She provides support to our membership recruitment and retention activities. Pam works closely with the Director of Member Engagement to manage member prospects and their referral sources to strengthen our relationships with future members and current members who provide membership recommendations.

Cameron Edwards
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Email
847-236-9917

  • Marketing and Promotional Coordination
  • Communications Calendar
  • Social Media and Public Relations
  • Website and Brand Integrity
  • Member News

Cam brings more than 10 years of writing, editing and web design experience to Selected. Cam works closely with the Team to coordinate the association’s marketing and communications activities, which includes supporting our promotional and digital efforts, print and online campaign management and monitoring brand image. He will share offerings such as Selected member benefits, meetings and programs through intentional and purposeful communication strategies.

Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt
Director of Meetings and Education
Email
847-236-9915

  • Educational Planning
  • Meeting Planning
  • Speaker Contracts
  • Hotel Contracts
  • Selected Leadership Academy

Amy is responsible for all of Selected's meetings and educational programming, including the Annual Meeting, NextGen Seminar, Group Roundtable Meetings, Forum FOCUS: Expert Edition and Selected Connections programs. Amy works closely with the Board of Directors, Programming Work Group and NextGen Advisory Group to create meeting experiences that emphasize take-home value and foster increased interaction among members. Amy invites suggestions and feedback from all members to continually evolve and improve Selected's meeting offerings. In addition, Amy facilitates all aspects of the Selected Leadership Academy and leads the internal and external editorial teams for The Bulletin.

Patty

Patty Neuswanger
Member Engagement Director
Email
224-619-3615

  • Member Engagement, Support & Education
  • New Member Onboarding
  • Communities
  • Firm Data Integrity
  • Member Feedback

Patty brings a wealth of nonprofit and corporate experience in communications, public and media relations, sales and publishing. Her goal is to help members identify and leverage the many benefits available through membership and connect the dots between member needs and how Selected can provide solutions. Patty also oversees Selected’s Communities strategy.

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Robert Paterkiewicz
Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Email
224-619-3614

  • Spokesperson for Selected
  • Headquarters Administration
  • Preferred Partner Program
  • Annual Operating Budget
  • Allied Relations and Representation
  • Strategic Planning

Rob is a seasoned association executive with over 27 years experience from management and leadership positions within various trade and professional associations. His professional background and extensive hands-on experience with the difficulties and challenges faced by members ensures that he is ready and able to assist you in whatever need you may have. As the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Selected, Rob serves as the chief administrator and is ultimately responsible for all functions of the association. He supervises all staff and headquarters activities and is responsible for the formulation, implementation and evaluation of all programs and services offered through Selected.

Sarah Pojanowski

Sarah Pojanowski
General Counsel
Email
574-339-3625

  • Legal Counsel
  • Member Consultation
  • Funeral Rule Matters

Sarah began working on matters for Selected Independent Funeral Homes while working with Michael Cohen on a wide variety of litigation, government investigation and counseling matters. She continued with a particular focus on antitrust and trade regulation issues, including issues facing trade associations. She has significant experience in the law pertaining to nonprofit trade associations.

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Denise Zoephel
Assistant Executive Director
& COO

Email
224-619-3616

  • Headquarters Administration & Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Selected Study Groups Program
  • Family Follow-Up Survey Program

Denise is an inspiring, enthusiastic and compassionate leader who values people and process. She excels at driving and navigating organizational performance and continuously improving systems and efficiency. She also oversees all aspects of Selected’s member programs and services. She works closely with members to ensure they get the most out of their participation. She has extensive knowledge of strategic planning, human resources, sales and marketing through previous positions held at both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

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Stefanie Favia
Educational Trust
Sr. Director of Development

Email
847-236-0150

  • Fundraising
  • Scholarships
  • Workforce Development
  • Job Fairs
  • Program and Research Development
  • Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service
  • Trust Marketing & Events

Stefanie is responsible for the overall administration and management of the Selected Educational Trust including maintaining, expanding and developing new Programs. She is responsible for cultivating, stewarding and developing new and continued financial support and involvement for programs which include scholarships, research, education, workforce development and the Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service. Stefanie is the key staff liaison between the Trust and the association and for building ongoing and renewed relationships with donors, sponsors and the public.

Deb McReynolds

Deb McReynolds
Educational Trust Administrative Assistant (PT)
Email
224-619-3620

  • Donor Administration
  • Scholarship Administration

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Dana Whitmire

Dana Whitmire
Programs Coordinator
Email
224-619-3619

  • Institute for Exceptional Funeral Service
  • Continuing Education for Selected and the Institute

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